Definition of priority
1a (1) : the quality or state of being prior (2) : precedence in date or position of publication —used of taxab (1) : superiority in rank, position, or privilege (2) : legal precedence in exercise of rights over the same subject matter
2 : a preferential rating; especially : one that allocates rights to goods and services usually in limited supply that project has top priority
3 : something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives
Examples of priority in a Sentence
Reorganizing the sales force will be a top priority for the new president.
Getting the work done on time is a priority for me.
She decided to go to the party instead of studying? Where are her priorities?
I know you want to buy a new stereo, but right now, saving for college has to take priority.
Recent Examples of priority from the Web
Congress will set the national budget and therefore the education priorities.
The school has a program that trains commercial truck drivers, and the agreement would have the company promising to give the school's graduates priority for any jobs at the Gary facility, Davis said.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott had declared additional child welfare spending and reforms a priority for the Texas Legislature.
The Obama administration made the Trans-Pacific Partnership a priority in part to counter China’s economic leverage in Asia.
The public relations mission quickly became a priority for the firm, documents show.
While other aspects of Dodd-Frank — such as the Volcker Rule restriction on banks' trading — get more attention, repealing the Durbin amendment has been one of the finance industry's top priorities in Washington for years.
The unveiling of President Trump’s first budget and the initial congressional hearings on overhauling the tax code should have brought clarity to the administration’s top legislative priorities.
NASA's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal was released today, and some of the priorities of the agency are going to get switched around.
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First Known Use of priority
PRIORITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of priority for English Language Learners
: something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first
priorities : the things that someone cares about and thinks are important
: the condition of being more important than something or someone else and therefore coming or being dealt with first
PRIORITY Defined for Kids
Definition of priority for Students
: a condition of being more important than other things
Legal Definition of priority
: precedence in exercise of rights in the same subject matter secured interests have priority over unsecured ones
Legal Definition of priority
1 : having precedence over another in the exercise of rights in the same subject matter a priority creditor a priority claim
2 : of or relating to priority a priority contest
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